Offensive Preaching

Many of his disciples said, “This is very hard to understand. How can anyone accept it?” – John 6:60

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While Jesus attracted a crowd, it is also clear that He was never impressed by it. In fact, His words sometimes seemed to be aimed at dispersing it! Jesus was truth personified; therefore, when He spoke, His words and His life confronted the lives of those who had been following Him. For some who followed, this light (of truth) was too bright and they chose to leave.

We should be wary of leaders whose ministries never diminish. Those who present a true Gospel will have a ministry that ebbs and flows, one that increases and decreases. When unmitigated, undiluted truth is presented, some “followers” will receive it with joy, change, and grow by it. On the other hand, others will reject the truth and usually fight or flee.

Truth abhors a compromise and makes complacency impossible. Our Lord was the author of truth. If you truly preach and follow “Him,” then do not be surprised if sometimes others do not follow you. If no one is ever offended by your preaching, perhaps you have ceased to preach all that Christ demands.

Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; truth isn’t. – Mark Twain

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